BLAST FROM THE PAST: Commercial Hotel Clermont being winched to higher ground after the 1916 flood.
BLAST FROM THE PAST: Commercial Hotel Clermont being winched to higher ground after the 1916 flood. Contributed

Memories come flooding back

RELIVE stories of courage, heroism and tragedy during the Clermont Historical Centre's

'A Flood of Memories' Exhibition.

The exhibition, commemorating the centenary of the devastating 1916 Clermont Flood, opens Wednesday, August 31 and runs until December 2017.

Mayor Anne Baker said the exhibition is a collection of local stories, photos and memorabilia from one of the deadliest floods in Australian history.

"In the early hours of December 28, 1916 a wall of water laid ruin to the old town of Clermont after a cyclone crossed the Queensland coast.

"More than 60 lives were tragically lost, 10 homes destroyed, 50 buildings damaged and 10,000 head of livestock killed.

"A Flood of Memories' will showcase what life in Clermont was like during the early days of settlement right up to that fateful morning when flood waters devastated the town.

Clermont Historical Centre Co-ordinator Deb Alvoen said the exhibition will feature photography by Clermont resident Gordon Pullar.

"Mr Pullar captured some amazing images from the height of the flood and destruction, through to the eventual rebuilding of the town.

"Another highlight of the exhibition, which can be found in the grounds of the Clermont Historical Centre, is the highly revered Aveling and Porter traction steam engine that relocated numerous buildings after the flood.

"A Flood of Memories' is just one of the events Council has planned to commemorate the Centenary of the 1916 Clermont Flood

For a full list of 1916 flood commemorative events visit www.isaac.qld.gov.au



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